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Access to this idyllic cove is by boat or an hour long walk in the heat over the cliffs from Las Negras and, although the water taxis bought visitors from Las Negras and yachts moored in the bay, we encountered very few walkers when we set out this morning.
The sea was calm and clear, perfect for swimming and the best conditions so far this year.
We think these photos capture the atmosphere.
Here they are in the garden.
When you are their ages the main attraction of Las Negras is the beach and sea. In the morning.
In the afternoon.
In the evening ….
…. and at night.
Some of the women wore different outfits to go with each hat they had made. Above is Helena who chose this lovely dress to go with her red hat.
Petra was looking quite jolly in her creation.
The women evidently enjoyed the catwalk.
There was a lone male who sported his home-made sombrero.
This elegant lady knew how to show off her exquisite purple hat.
Finally they paraded as a group.
Afterwards the guests showed off the sculptures which they had been working on all week.
After food and wine, we were entertained by the local blues duo, Jan and Yvette “Level Eye”. Although they live here, they are also from Holland. A blurred photo in the dark without flash but it recreates the mood.
We arrived a little late and just missed the presentation of the hats that had been made. Above, though, is a photo taken on Friday morning of Helena making her hat.
Next on the agenda was a display of the paintings.
Each artist talked about their work which was inspired by the light and colors of Las Negras and the textures and shapes of material on the beach outside the Cortijo.
Much of this was incorporated into collages.
Then it was the turn of the sculptors who each talked about the piece of stone they were working on.
Much of this was work in progress as they had yet to finish their pieces.
Above is a photo of a couple of the sculptors working on the beach on Friday morning.
Afterwards, we all wined and dined at a long table in the gardens and a fire was lit to take the chill off the evening. This amused the children who were intent on keeping it going ….
…. while the adults sat around enjoying good wine and conversation.
Enquiries re. Cortijo La Paloma – http://cortijolapaloma.net http://jump4art.com
Early the next morning we visited the Museo Sorolla. This was the house where the famous Valencian impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla, lived. Much of the house, including his studio, has been preserved and the building houses a great collection of his paintings. Around the house are the most beautiful, shady gardens. To the front are elegant standard roses, some of which are a lovely, dusky pink that are actually featured in his paintings, and around the side is a pond and fountain.
We then moved on to the Prado. You need at least 4 hours to get around and view this magnificent collection of old masters which include famous Spanish works by Velázquez, El Greco and Goya as well as masterpieces by Raphael, Rubens, Bosch and many others. On loan from the the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, was a striking work, Virgin and Child with Angels, by Jean Fouquet, painted in 1452.
Next to the Prado are the Royal Botanical Gardens. A lovely place to relax after seeing all that art. The gardens display a big collection of named roses, irises and peonies.
The last art museum we visited was the Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, which is devoted to modern art. The permanent collection has many famous paintings by Picasso, Dali and Miro. Pride of place is given to Guernica but our favorite Picasso was ‘Mujer en Azul’ painted in 1901.
On our final morning we strolled around the Retiro Gardens, a 130 hectare park in the city centre. A large boating lake is overlooked by a statue of Alfonso X11 and the Palacio de Cristal is a lovely glass building in the centre. However, we found the most beautiful aspect of the gardens were its magnificent trees under which you can relax on benches and listen to the bird song.
We flew from Almeria to Madrid with Air Europa. You can get return tickets for under 50 euros. At the airport we bought a three day unlimited metro pass which not only provided us with cheap transfers from the airport to the city centre but proved a quick and efficient way of getting about the city. We stayed in an inexpensive hostal. The room was clean, had an en suite bathroom and WiFi, but it was pretty basic and noisy. Next time we would like to try the Ritz.
We have posted a few more photos on http://coloursofspain.wordpress.com.
We have enjoyed a beautiful weekend but visitors have not been able to get to San Pedro by boat. There are plenty of little fishing boats on the beach, as you can see from this photo taken on Sunday morning, but no water taxis.
Usually San Pedro is busy on a Sunday but we decided to walk there over the cliffs hoping it would be quiet, and it was.
As you can see from the photos, there were very few people on the beach. Maybe the hot weather discouraged people from walking there.
We took many photos and have posted some interesting ones on http://coloursofspain.wordpress.com